Thursday, March 26th, 2015

ColourPop Fetch Please Set
ColourPop Fetch Please Set

ColourPop Fetch Please Set ($30.00 for 0.32 oz.) includes three lipsticks, an eyeshadow duo, a pressed pigment duo, and a single eyeshadow. It’s an interesting set of shades, but I definitely wish the purple and orange duo was eye safe (Pressed Pigments aren’t eye safe) as I think it would have been really cool to work with all of those shades on the eye. I liked the set overall, but it didn’t feel as versatile or as user-friendly as a set of shades that could be used together.

Lovey Dovey is described as a “true mid-tone grey [with a Matte finish].” It’s a muted, medium gray with cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had fairly good color payoff with a moderately blendable consistency. This shade takes a little extra work to really blend it with other shades compared to the brand’s more shimmery shades. It stayed put for ten hours, though. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Hunger is described as a “deep maroon [with a Matte finish].” It’s a rich, medium-dark red with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage that builds and layers well. I was really happy to see such a rich shade of red that was part of their regular range, so it could be used on the eyes. It was blendable without losing its intensity. When I tested it, the color wore without creasing for ten hours. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Just a Sip is described as a “warm dusty peach [with a Matte finish].” It’s a muted, peachy-orange with warm, brown undertones and satin finish. It had excellent pigmentation with a smooth, blendable consistency that was really easy to work with. The color wore well for ten hours without creasing or fading. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Squint is described as a “neon orange-red [with a Matte finish].” It’s a bold, brightened, medium-dark orange with warm, red undertones and a golden satin sheen. It was intensely pigmented with a lightly creamy, smooth texture that felt velvety and blended well on the skin. On cheeks, it stayed on well for nine hours. Note, this is a Pressed Pigment, and the Pressed Pigment formula is “not recommended for the eye area.” See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Liaison is described as a “vivid violet-blue [with a Matte finish].” It’s a bold, medium-dark cool-toned violet purple with a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff that was somewhat blendable–it seemed a little dry to me. It wore well for nine hours on cheeks. Note, this is a Pressed Pigment, and the Pressed Pigment formula is “not recommended for the eye area.” See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Squeeze is described as a “soft mauve pink [with a Matte finish].” It’s a soft, muted medium pink with cool, mauve undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had opaque color coverage that glided on evenly without tugging on the lips. The color lasted for four and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Precocious is described as a “pale muted nude [with a Matte finish].” It’s a light, muted peachy-beige with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had full color coverage, but the texture was slightly drier, though it didn’t tug. It clung more, and it was somewhat drying after three hours of wear (with total wear of four hours). See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Paramour is described as a “deep dark blackberry [with a Matte finish].” It’s a deep, dark reddish burgundy with subtle, warm undertones. The consistency was thinner and had more slip, so while it glided on easily, it didn’t go on evenly. It looked somewhat patchy and feathered a bit outside the natural lip line after four hours of wear, though it lasted for closer to six hours. It was a lightly drying overall. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Fetch, Please

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8.5/10

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Thursday, March 26th, 2015

ColourPop Clutch Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Clutch Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Clutch Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “vivid rosy red in a matte finish.” It’s a bold, brightened, medium-dark pink-red with cool undertones and a mostly matte finish. Colour Pop Early Bird (P, $8.00) is lighter. MAC Secret Admirer (LE, $20.00) is warmer. Tarte Irreplaceable (LE, $26.00) is lighter, powder. Makeup Geek Love Affair (P, $9.99) is powder. Milani Lady Rouge (06) (LE, $7.99) is darker, powder. NARS Laos (P, $39.00) is warmer. Tarte Fearless (P, $26.00) is lighter, powder. Too Faced Melt Into Spring (LE) is powder, warmer. Guerlain Madame Rougit (LE, $67.00) is pinker, powder. NARS Soulshine #1 (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery, powder. MAC Simmer (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery, powder. NYX Pinched (P, $5.00) MAC Mocha (P, $21.00) Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

It had rich, buildable coverage that was intense if applied or patted on with fingertips or more semi-opaque when applied with a stippling brush. I felt like a little went a long way, but the product remained blendable, so it is versatile for the full spectrum of skin tones as you can really adjust and play with the level of coverage. The texture has that lightly spongy, slightly creamy consistency that turns into more of a powder-like texture and finish once you start to apply it to the skin. In the pot, it’s distinctly a cream-based product, but it plays more like a powder product when you actually work with it. I think it looks like a cross of the two in terms of how it sits on the skin, as it looks almost like a stain due to that near-matte finish that doesn’t look totally flat. On me, this shade lasted for ten hours before fading.

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Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Becca Topaz Shimmering Skin Perfector (Original/Liquid)
Becca Topaz Shimmering Skin Perfector (Original/Liquid)

Becca Topaz Shimmering Skin Perfector (Original/Liquid) ($41.00 for 1.7 fl. oz.) is described as a “golden bronze pearl.” It’s a muted, medium-dark coppery-brown with very fine, lighter gold shimmer. Giorgio Armani #100 (LE, $64.00) is warmer. MAC Golden Elixir (LE, $31.00) is slightly less golden. Tom Ford Beauty Bronzed Amber (LE, $58.00) is darker, redder. Becca Topaz (Poured) (P, $38.00) is more shimmery. Becca Topaz (Pressed) (P, $38.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The original Shimmering Skin Perfectors come in tubes with a pump dispenser, and the formula is a “sheer cream-liquid” for “subtle luminosity” with a “water-light” feel. For how it compares to the other formulations in the family, please see this post. The texture is thin, water-like (but not quite as thin as true water) that can be used over or under foundation, on bare skin, or mixed with your favorite base products (moisturizer, primer, foundation). It takes a bit of time to dry down if patted on top of cheek bones or the like as a more targeted highlighter than all-over. It is as sheer as described: this is not going to yield a lot of color or shimmer, which is in line with how it is marketed, just that it might not be what you’re looking for. I prefer mixing this in with moisturizer or liquid foundation for an all-over luminosity that’s never too dewy or oily. I get a very subtle warmth when I mix Topaz in with my foundation, and I’d expect it might be greater for fairer skin tones but any color change will likely be lost on deeper skin tones. On the other side, it won’t lighten-up deeper foundations, so it’s a great way for darker skin tones to get an all-over glow that won’t give a lighter or off-white cast. When patted on cheek bones (and a bit lower, since it does give me some color) as a more traditional highlighter, it is more of a bronzing illuminator on my skin tone, and it lasts for eight hours on me. When mixed with foundation, it doesn’t seem to shorten or extend the wear of my foundation. The only downside is that due to the pump dispenser, it is easy to get far more product than you want if you aren’t mixing or using it all-over.

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Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Clinique Melon Pop Cheek Pop
Clinique Melon Pop Cheek Pop

Clinique Melon Pop Cheek Pop ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a light-medium, pink-coral with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. Physicians Formula Natural (P, $12.99) is pinker, more matte. Chanel Angelique (190) (P, $45.00) is warmer, more matte. Tarte Bashful (LE, $26.00) is darker. Gucci Beauty Coral Flower (P, $49.00) is darker. Tarte Unleashed (LE, $26.00) is lighter. MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $21.00) is pinker. Urban Decay Streak Blush (P) is more matte. Hourglass Radiant Magenta (P, $35.00) is more matte. Hourglass Diffused Heat (P, $35.00) is pinker, more matte. NARS Love (LE, $29.00) is darker. MAC Lured to Love (LE, $27.00) is lighter. NARS Day Dream (LE, $29.00) is similar. MAC Royal Sunset (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Frantic Pink (P, $55.00) is pinker. MAC Immortal Flower (LE, $21.00) is more orange. MAC Dainty (P, $27.00) is pinker, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Here’s the last of the new spring shades I have for now (the other two shades are still on back order), and it’s another shade that I suspect will win over fair to medium skin tones looking for a softer, warm-toned, everyday blush. I think it may be too subtle for deeper skin tones, though it will still produce a soft, warm sheen. (If you’re looking for a deeper coral, consider Peach Pop and Ginger Pop.) It had good color payoff that was easily sheered out or layered for greater intensity, but the color darkened slightly on the skin compared to how it looks in the pan (which is a bit lighter, more orange). The texture was soft, smooth, and incredibly blendable on the skin. I’m sure I sound like a broken record, but the finish of the formula is why this blush stands out: it’s beautifully luminous with a glow that doesn’t emphasize pores. On me, this blush wore well for eight hours before fading slightly.

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Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

MAC Puttin' on the Spritz Casual Colour
MAC Puttin’ on the Spritz Casual Colour

MAC Puttin’ on the Spritz Casual Colour ($22.00 for 0.08 oz.) is described as a “bright intense coral.” It’s a brightened, orange-coral with warm undertones and a satin sheen. It had buildable color payoff whether patted onto cheeks or applied to lips that could be blended out for sheer color or layered for true-to-pan coverage. I would highly recommend applying this with a lip brush if you want to use it as a lip color, as you’ll get better coverage, evenness, and it will be less drying (but regardless, it is always somewhat drying worn as a lip product–it’s uncomfortable for me after an hour and a half of wear–and lasts two and a half hours). As a blusher, a stippling or duo fiber brush works just fine, but a little goes a long way! It wears for seven hours on the cheeks. Tom Ford Beauty James (LE, $32.00) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty Twist of Fate (LE, $50.00) is similar. NARS Juliette (P, $32.00) is pinker. Too Faced Melted Coral (P, $21.00) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Understudy (114) (P, $30.00) is darker. NARS Lodhi (P, $25.00) is warmer. Colour Pop Tonic (P, $8.00) is brighter. MAC Coral Lumineux (LE, $70.00) is slightly redder. MAC Fleeting Romance (P, $23.50) is pinker, powder. Guerlain Petrouchka #9 (LE) is matte, powder. Makeup Geek Summer Fling (P, $9.99) is lighter, powder. MAC Ocean City (LE, $32.00) is powder. MAC Modern Mandarin (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, powder. Make Up For Ever #420 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is slightly more muted. Chanel Presage (62) (LE, $38.00) is brighter. NYX Cinnamon (P, $5.00) is more orange, powder. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC P.S. I Like You Casual Colour ($22.00 for 0.08 oz.) is described as a “carnation pink.” It’s a brightened, medium pink with warm undertones and a soft sheen. As a lip color, it is drying and lasts for two hours. As a blush, it is blendable and wears for seven hours. Chanel Edith (424) (P, $36.00) is darker. Maybelline Blushing Bud (705) (P, $7.49) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Patrick (LE, $32.00) is less glossy. Colour Pop Rocket (P, $5.00) is brighter, more matte. Bite Beauty Tatin (P, $24.00) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Pink Tease (03) (P, $50.00) is more muted, matte. NARS Natalie (P, $32.00) is darker. YSL Corail Jalouse (32) (P, $34.00) is lighter. YSL Opera Rose (29) (P, $34.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Hoop (DC, $16.00) is more matte. MAC Betty Bright (LE, $16.00) is more matte. Colour Pop Early Bird (P, $8.00) is more matte. Colour Pop Clutch (P, $8.00) is darker, brighter. Chanel Crescendo (250) (LE, $45.00) is powder. Tarte Irreplaceable (LE, $26.00) is darker, powder. Tarte Fearless (P, $26.00) is powder. Guerlain Madame Rougit (LE, $67.00) is brighter, powder. Chanel Revelation (63) (P, $38.00) is lighter. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Puttin' on the Spritz

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Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

MAC Summer Wind Cream Colour Base
MAC Summer Wind Cream Colour Base

MAC Summer Wind Cream Colour Base ($21.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “pale sand shimmer.” It’s a light, golden beige with warm undertones and a soft sheen. Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is yellower. Estee Lauder Courreges (LE, $32.00) is lighter, powder. bareMinerals The Premiere (LE, $26.00) is darker, powder. MAC Born to Dazzle (LE, $28.00) is more sparkly, powder. Chanel Dentelle Precieuse (LE, $80.00) is darker, powder. NARS 413 BLKR (P, $30.00) is lighter. Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is powder. theBalm Mary Lou-manizer (P, $24.00) is powder. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Cream Colour Base formula is described as a “multi-purpose” product that can be “applied directly to bare skin, or layered over foundation, moisturizer, or powder.” The effect ranges from a “light veil to highly dramatic, depending on method of application.” In the full range, there are sometimes shades that cannot be worn on lips or eyes, and my press sample didn’t have a warning sheet, so I’m not 100% sure on this, but given that similarly light shades like this (think Pearl, Luna, etc.) are fine all-over, it’s probably the case here. The texture of Summer Wind is lovely; it’s lightweight, thin with little slip, but enough slip that it blends and plays well with bare skin as well as over foundation. It sits on the skin exceptionally well and is less dewy than I’d expect; it’s very your-skin-but-better with a golden glow. On my skin tone, the warmth is less apparent than it might otherwise be on fairer skin tones. On me, it wore well for seven hours before sliding around.

P.S. — There is also another shade (Desert Roadtrip) in this collection, which I don’t have at this time.

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Summer Wind

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8.5/10

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8/10

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8.5/10

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7.5/10

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